I don’t really have a great deal to say about the Malaysian passenger jet that was shot down over the eastern Ukraine:
A surface-to-air missile struck a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people that went down Thursday in Ukraine near the Russian border, a U.S. official told ABC News.
The official said U.S. intelligence and analysis of the situation determined that it was a single missile that struck the Boeing 777-200 aircraft while at cruising altitude. It is unclear whether the missile was fired from inside Ukrainian or Russian territory and who fired it, the official added.
I can see only a few likely possibilities.
- It was shot down by Russian regulars operating within Ukraine.
- It was shot down by Russian regulars who’d removed their uniforms operating within Ukraine (a war crime).
- It was shot down by pro-Russian Ukrainian irregulars who’d received a Buk missile from the Russians.
- It was shot down by somebody who’d captured a Buk missile from somebody.
Whichever of these is the case it’s disturbing. Alternative C is particularly disturbing in its foolhardiness. I doubt that this event is a “game-changer” as some are claiming so much as a signal that events in Ukraine are out of anyone’s control.
That’s particularly distressing since the only power in a position to bring things under control is Russia.